I have been asked on a number of occasions if I find my job boring, as I’ve been a Headteacher since 2006. I can honestly say my job is never boring and no two days are the same. When I first started at Redcar Academy I said I wanted a school where there were no surprises. However, the young people in our school are often the reason for adding variety and surprise to my life.
A few weeks ago a boy in Year 9 came to see me. He had ordered the pack for Children in Need and wanted to help with the organisation of a day dedicated to raining money. I was delighted to listen to his suggestions of how the academy could support the fund raising- he has now been given the responsibility to get us all organised!
Two weeks ago a group of girls came to ask permission to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Ward at the RVI. They had been told of a girl; known to them, who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer who was in the ward. They wanted to do something in her name to support the work and care in the hospital. I am delighted to report they raised a significant amount for the ward.
This week two girls came to see me and one of them is involved a cathedral challenge- playing mini concerts in cathedrals all over the country, to raise money for Children in Need. The girls want to host a cake sale so they can add to the money raised.
Also, a group of year 11 boys who wanted to give something back to the academy are hosting a ‘Halloween Ball’ for other students at the end of this term.
The surprise can come in other ways too. I’m in the process of meeting with all of our year 11 students to discuss their progress toward their targets for next summer. One student asked for his targets to be raised; they did not offer him enough challenge! I was happy to oblige. Another student, who I had not expected to attend any revision classes- not cool to do so, has been attending Maths revision classes on a regular basis- a fantastic change of attitude for him.
But, it’s not just the students who spring nice surprises. Today the Science staff are dressed up for Halloween and are using the opportunity to raise the profile of science and make learning fun.
Six staff from Adventure house ‘stood up for cancer’ a few weeks ago. Many people sponsored them to stand all day- £200.00 was raised.
So, sometimes it is good to have surprises and I still say life as a Headteacher is never boring!
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
Tel: 01642 289211 •
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